Shopping in Cairo can be a lot of fun. The sales tactics are a bit exhausting at first, but haggling is a way of life here, especially in the bazaars, and worth an experience.
Mounaya offers the coolest accessories, clothes and housewares from local brands across the country and is great for finding gifts. Sarah’s Bags – a Lebanese label known for its clutches with Warhol-inspired prints by Om Kolthoum, Faten Hamama and other Arabic pop icons – is one of the store’s most popular labels.
Khan el-Khalili market
The Khan el-Khalili Market, full of tourists and artisans who want to outsource their creations, has everything from sticky souvenirs to colorful galabeyas (full-length robes). Go at night and haggle, haggle, haggle. Naguib Mahfouz’s novel Midaq Alley (one you should read before you go) takes place in Khan el-Khalili and Al Fishawy (the oldest café in Cairo) was a frequent meeting place for the writer. Stop by for a coffee when the market is crowded.
From Beyoncé and Gigi Hadid to Kris Jenner, the Okhtein bags were arguably the most popular brand in Egypt. Sisters born in Cairo are known for their original prints and their promotion of traditional Egyptian culture and art. They recently opened their first flagship store in the capital.
Amina K combines ethnic Egyptian clothing – think Abayas and Galabeyas – with the traditional
Kheyameya print (usually used to decorate the interior of Egyptian tents) and creates modern and wearable pieces for her customers. They only employ Egyptian seamstresses and the majority of the collection is handmade.